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Examples of disingenuous in a Sentence
- "It's had nine murders since 1937—about the same as you would get in many small towns." This was correct, but a wee disingenuous. The AT [Appalachian Trail] had no murders in its first thirty-six years and nine in the past twenty-two. —Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods, 1999
- … and he egged Badger on, asking a disingenuous question about the antivivisection rally in Cleveland, and as Badger took the thought up and chewed it over, the Doctor made as if to excuse himself. —T. Coraghessan Boyle, The Road to Wellville, 1993
- … he has a disingenuous way of resorting to slang when he wants to make a big point but is afraid of sounding pretentious. —Karen Schoemer, New York Times Book Review, 31 Oct. 1993
- Unity is at best an ideal, at worst a disingenuous political slogan. —Salman Rushdie, The Independent on Sunday, 25 Nov. 1990
Her recent expressions of concern are self-serving and disingenuous.
Recent Examples of disingenuous from the Web
This entire op-ed was disingenuous, the ultimate subtweet and a way of throwing a rock while hiding your hand.
And yes, there are certainly cynics who may feel that Apple and Google’s efforts are disingenuous — after all, these companies have always wanted to ensure that users, hardware sales, and, most importantly, profits go up ahead of anything else.
Some suggested Spotify’s policy was akin to censorship, although the claims were disingenuous — the artists were still available to stream, just not promoted on the platform.
To suggest anything otherwise was either stupid or intentionally disingenuous.
The White House maintains the Eagles organization was disingenuous by not saying until late in the game that few players would deign to be there.
Then there was his half-baked attempt to recast the game as a productive critical-thinking opportunity, which came off as simultaneously disingenuous and nonsensical.
Even if Linard were being disingenuous, there’s little evidence left of any alleged blasphemy.
Furthermore, the letter misrepresented state-level budget items as local budget items, which is disingenuous at best.
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disingenuous Has a Roman History
Ingenous has its roots in the slave-holding society of ancient Rome. Its ancestor ingenuus is a Latin adjective meaning "native" or "freeborn" (itself from gignere, meaning "to beget"). Ingenuus begot the English adjective ingenuous. That adjective originally meant "freeborn" (as in "ingenuous Roman subjects") or "noble and honorable," but it eventually came to mean "showing childlike innocence" or "lacking guile." In the mid-17th century, English speakers combined the negative prefix dis- with ingenuous to create disingenuous, meaning "guileful" or "deceitful."
DISINGENUOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disingenuous for English Language Learners
: not truly honest or sincere : giving the false appearance of being honest or sincere
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